Events in Sport on October 16

  • 1908 Edmonton Rugby Foot-ball Club re-organizes as Esquimoux
  • 1909 Baseball World Series: Pittsburgh Pirates beat Detroit Tigers, 8-0 at Bennett Park to clinch 4-3 series win; Tigers' third straight WS defeat

Boxing Title Fight

1909 In his 4th title defence Jack Johnson KOs Stanley Ketchel in the 12th round at Mission St Arena, Colma, California to retain his heavyweight boxing crown

  • 1912 Baseball World Series: Boston Red Sox beat NY Giants, 3-2 at Fenway Park to clinch a 4-3-1 series win; series extended to 8 games as one game tied due to darkness
  • 1921 Jim Conzelman takes over as coach of Rock Island Independents from Frank Coughlin-only mid-game coaching change in NFL history

Sports History

1936 Lou Gehrig, is voted AL MVP by BBWAA

  • 1942 National Boxing Association freezes titles of those serving in armed services
  • 1949 Red Byron in an Oldsmobile finishes 16th in the Wilkes 200 at North Wilkesboro Speedway to win NASCAR Strictly Stock C'ship in the inaugural season of pro stock car racing in the United States
  • 1962 Baseball World Series: NY Yankees win 20th championship; beat SF Giants, 1-0 at Candlestick Park for 4 games to 3 series victory; MVP: Yankees pitcher Ralph Terry
  • 1964 American swimmer Sharon Strouder sets world record 1:04.7 to beat Ada Kok of the Netherlands by 0.9s and win the women's 100m butterfly at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964 In an incredibly close women's 100m final at the Tokyo Olympics American sprinter Wyomia Tyus runs 11.4s to beat teammate Edith McGuire by 0.2s; Ewa Kłobukowska of Poland takes bronze with the same time as McGuire
  • 1964 US men's 4 × 100m medley relay team of Thompson Mann, Bill Craig, Fred Schmidt & Steve Clark swim world record 3:58.4 to beat Germany by 3.2s and win gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1968 American Bob Seagren, Claus Schiprowski of West Germany and East German Wolfgang Nordwig all record 5.40m in the final of the pole vault at the Mexico City Olympics; Seagren awarded gold on countback

Black Power Salute

1968 Americans Tommie Smith (gold 19.83 WR) and John Carlos (bronze) famously give the Black Power salute on the 200m medal podium during the Mexico City Olympics to protest racism and injustice against African-Americans

  • 1968 Jim Dorey sets Toronto Maple Leaf penalty records (48 mins on 9 penalties in a game & 44 minutes on 7 penalties in a period)
  • 1968 Milwaukee Bucks play their 1st game losing 89-84 to Chicago Bulls
  • 1969 Baseball World Series: 100-1 shot NY Mets beat Baltimore Orioles, 5-3 at Shea Stadium for upset 4-1 series win; MVP: Mets 1B Donn Clendenon
  • 1969 Met Cleon Jones awarded 1st base when shoe polish on ball proves he is hit by a pitch, he scores on a HR in World Series
  • 1974 As' Ken Holtzman, who hasn't batted all season, belts 3rd inning home run in Game 4 & gets the win, 5-2
  • 1976 Toronto Maple Leaf Lanny McDonald scores a hat trick in 2 min 54 sec

Sports History

1978 Test debut of Kapil Dev, India v Pakistan at Faisalabad

  • 1983 Baseball World Series: Baltimore Orioles beat Philadelphia Phillies, 5-0 for 4 games to 1 series victory; MVP: Baltimore catcher Rick Dempsey

Ryder Cup

1983 Ryder Cup Golf, PGA National GC: US wins 14½-13½; Bernard Gallacher's missed 3-foot putt for bogey gives Tom Watson 2 & 1 win and the US winning point

  • 1985 KC Royals & St Louis Cardinals win their league championships
  • 1985 MLB American League Championship: Kansas City Royals beat Toronto Blue Jays, 4 games to 3
  • 1985 MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 games to 2

Boxing Title Fight

1987 Defending champion Mike Tyson beats Tyrell Biggs by TKO in round 7 at Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey; retains unified heavyweight boxing title

  • 1988 Orel Hirsheiser, 1st to pitch shutout in playoff & World Series
  • 1990 Reds Eric Davis is 22nd player to homer in his 1st World Series at bat
  • 1991 Dallas Mavericks Roy Tarpley becomes 7th to be banned from NBA for life under the league's anti-drug agreement

Sports History

1995 Brian Lara scores 169 in Sharjah ODI versus Sri Lanka

  • 2000 MLB National League Championship: New York Mets beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 1
  • 2003 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3

Sports History

2004 17-year old Lionel Messi makes his league debut for FC Barcelona in a 1-0 win against cross-town rivals Espanyol at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, Barcelona

  • 2005 MLB American League Championship: Chicago White Sox beat Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 4 games to 1

Sports History

2005 Renault driver Fernando Alonso wins season-ending Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit; first Spanish Formula 1 World Drivers champion; wins by 21 points from Kimi Räikkönen

  • 2011 MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat Milwaukee Brewers, 4 games to 2
  • 2014 MLB National League Championship: San Francisco Giants beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 1
  • 2016 Ed Whitlock at 85 becomes oldest person to complete a marathon under 4 hours, at Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 3 hours 56 minutes